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Claudio Records Services
On the recommended list of the UK's major concert/recording venues

 

Concert Recording - Sound (CDs)

We are pleased to offer our fixed price package which is specifically designed for soloists, ensembles, orchestras, composers, agents and concert promoters who wish to have a CD/broadcast quality archive recording of a live performance for private use.

In the case of such recordings, it is essential that permission be given by all the participants in advance of the performance. Please note that any copyright fees, royalties, permissions etc. are the sole responsibility of the client as is obtaining of consents and the payment of fees if required.

If you wish, an edited down version of the concert can be made at a latter stage. This will enable you to select up to 80 minutes of material (enough to fit on to one CDR-Compact Disc Recordable). We normally remove unwanted noise and applause where possible, but include a fading applause at the end of the disc. In order to produce copies of this version you will require an Edited Concert Production Master containing track IDs and PQ subcodes, together with our CDR Production service.

Our fixed price package covers the complete recording of the performance to a digital master and the supply of up to Five printed sets of Un-edited CDR copies to the client within 21 days.

NEW… Recordings now being made in HIGH RESOLUTION DVD-A Audio for an un-beatable sound!

For full details and pricing structure see: Full Claudio Brochure.

Concert Recording - Video (DVDs)

This service offers Five Sets of finished promotional DVDs with a high quality sound track derived from our professional Nagra HR recorder using 'matched stereo' AKG microphones balanced for artists near the stage.

Although these video recordings are intended only as a reference of the performance, they are however 'tidied up' to present a finished promotional tool. The finished DVDs are complete with artist's promotional information (web address, agent's details, etc.), track and basic music details, external shots of the concert hall and all presented in full colour PAL 16:9 widescreen format.

We use a Professional Sony Digital Video Colour Camera, which is usually sited in one position to give an overall shot of the concert. The operator will take instructions from the client as to any preferential view or position, otherwise the operator will use their own artistic judgement as to the best views, which in some cases may be restricted by the live conditions and limitations of the concert hall.

* For Multi camera productions with time code and vision mixer see ISR-06.

The fixed price package covers the complete recording and the supply of Five Sets of transferred un-edited DVDs (up to 60 + 60 minutes each disc) normally delivered within 21 days.

For full details and pricing structure see: Full Claudio Brochure.

Concert Recording - Video & Sound (DVDs + CDs)

This service offers Five Sets of finished promotional DVDs with a high quality sound track derived from our professional Nagra HR recorder using 'matched stereo' AKG microphones balanced for artists near the stage.

Although these video recordings are intended only as a reference of the performance, they are however 'tidied up' to present a finished promotional tool. The finished DVDs are complete with artist's promotional information (web address, agent's details, etc.), track and basic music details, external shots of the concert hall and all presented in full colour PAL 16:9 widescreen format.

We use a Professional Sony Digital Video Colour Camera, which is usually sited in one position to give an overall shot of the concert. The operator will take instructions from the client as to any preferential view or position, otherwise the operator will use their own artistic judgement as to the best views, which in some cases may be restricted by the live conditions and limitations of the concert hall.

* For Multi camera productions with time code and vision mixer see ISR-06.

The fixed price package covers the complete recording and the supply of Five Sets of transferred un-edited CDs and DVDs (up to 60 + 60 minutes each disc) normally delivered within 21 days.

For full details and pricing structure see: Full Claudio Brochure.

Concert Recording - Video Multi Camera (DVDs)

This service is designed to augment our concert recital-recording package and is only available separately by quotation. These video recordings are intended only as a reference of the performance. We use professional Sony Digital Video Colour Cameras, which are usually sited in one position to give an overall shot of the concert. The operator will take instructions from the client as to any preferential view or position; otherwise the operator will use his own artistic judgement as to the best views, which in some cases may be restricted by the live conditions and limitations of the concert hall. Please indicate ‘Wide Screen’ or ‘Standard’ picture size. The camera is fed with a high quality stereo audio signal from the main recording. For Single camera productions see our sheet Concert Recording-Video (ISR-04).

The fixed price package covers the complete recording in DV/DVCAM format and the supply of a transferred Un-edited DVD-R (120 minutes) or VHS/PAL video cassette copy to the client within 21 days. (DVD+R by request).

For full details and pricing structure see: Full Claudio Brochure.

Digital Location Recording

Location Recording allows the use of venues, which are known, for their acoustic properties and suitability for the music being performed. Location Recording also offers a flexible solution for Demonstration recordings when coupled with our editing and CDR production facilities.

Purpose built recording studios with artificial reverberation, mixers and multi-miking do have their place in the recording of music but using a natural surrounding with natural reverberation and the correct placement of the microphone is the only solution to achieving a more natural overall sound.

As the venue is obviously a valuable ingredient in the recording, we will be happy to advise you about the right acoustic for your particular project and will gladly demonstrate a variety of possibilities available from our range of recordings made at different venues.

For full details and pricing structure see: Full Claudio Brochure.


Digital Video Location Recording

For DVD, video promotion, TV or multimedia productions, our compact two person crew complete with the latest Sony DSR-PD170P, DV/DVCAM Digital recorder are able to provide professional quality digital Sound and Vision at any location and with the same dedicated service, care and attention our clients have come to expect over the years.

We are able to work alongside your choice of producer or to proceed independently.

Separate Editing facilities can be provided with DVD authoring as well as production to DVD or VHS.

For full details and pricing structure see: Full Claudio Brochure.


Demonstration Recordings

Over the years we have been responsible for helping to establish some of today's top artists in the classical world.

With the same care and expertise, we are able to produce a professionally presented CD to suit your budget and without compromise.

We can help select a suitable acoustic, venue, producer and organise a two or three hour session, which is normally enough time to provide between 20 to 30 minutes of finished music.

The booklet design can include a black and white photograph with a short biography. Each inlay card is printed with full track details and contact information.

Please note that any copyright fees, royalties, permissions etc. are the sole responsibility of the client as is obtaining of consents and the payment of fees if required.

For full details and pricing structure see: Full Claudio Brochure.


Digital Audio Editing

Digital editing has replaced the more traditional "cutting & splicing" techniques that were once applied to editing and allows a higher degree of precision.

It is also non-destructive, no physical cutting of the tape is necessary, if you want to undo an edit you can quite easily, the edit can be re-done indefinitely until the desired result is achieved.

This process has become indispensable in the production of CDs helping to maintain a very high standard right through the post production stage.

Editing can be done from a fully marked up score of the music, or in the presence of a producer.

For a single CD production we are pleased to offer an inclusive rate for up to 200 edits for the first edit.

For full details and pricing structure see: Full Claudio Brochure.


Digital Video/Audio Editing

We are able to edit digital video production from DVCam, DVD, VHS or digital files with our "state of the art" computer systems and software and equipment. Please call for a quote.

CDR Production

CDRs or Compact Disc Recordables are similar to normal CD's but are recorded individually by laser and do not require a glass master. They may be played on any standard CD player. The maximum recording time is 80 minutes.

Since the introduction of our state of the art duplicating suite, we are now able to offer Hi-speed CDR copies in any quantity either from our productions (Concert Recitals etc.) or from your own recorded materials e.g. DAT, CD, Reel to Reel, Cassette, LP, or 78s, etc. (subject to you obtaining an MCPS licence). Only the highest grade branded discs are used and each recording is verified and checked for quality.

Duplication: To duplicate CDs from your own materials you should supply us with a fully edited production master i.e. a recording that is ready to copy with correct levels, timings, track ID points and all compiled on to one medium. Alternatively, if you can provide us with suitable recording materials and enough information, we would be pleased to give you an estimate for preparing a CDR production master.

Artwork: When providing finished artwork you should send us any good quality graphics/pictures that you may wish to include as TIFF, or BITMAP images, text should be either a Quark file or if using PC an ASCII file. Alternatively we can provide you with our in-house Artwork & Design service, where we can either work from your design roughs or produce our own designs (This cost is inclusive for our concert recital recordings only).

CDR Printing: All discs can be supplied with a four-page booklet, colour cover, inlay card and a CD label, printed either in black or colour. If no printing is required we supply printed blank booklets, Inlays and labels for you to write on with a soft pen, at no extra charge! For full details and pricing structure see: Full Claudio Brochure.


DVD Production

DVD-R or Digital Versatile Discs are similar to normal DVDs but are recorded individually by laser and do not require a glass master. They may be played on any standard DVD player. The maximum recording time is 360 minutes but the quality reduces from the standard 120 minutes. (* Please specify if you require +R )

Hi-speed DVD copies in any quantity either from our productions (Concert Recital videos etc.) or from your own recorded materials e.g. DV, DVD, etc. (subject to you obtaining an MCPS licence). Only the highest grade "branded" discs are used and each recording is verified and checked for quality.

Duplication: To duplicate DVDs from your own materials you should supply us with a fully edited production master i.e. a recording that is ready to copy with correct levels, timings, track ID points and all compiled on to one medium. Alternatively, if you can provide us with suitable recording materials and enough information, we would be pleased to give you an estimate for preparing a DVD production master.

Artwork: When providing finished artwork you should send us any good quality graphics/pictures that you may wish to include as TIFF, or BITMAP images, text should be either a Quark file or if using PC an ASCII file. Alternatively we can provide you with our in-house Artwork & Design service, where we can either work from your design roughs or produce our own designs. (This cost is inclusive for our concert recital recordings only).

DVD Printing: All discs can be supplied with a four-page booklet, colour cover, inlay card and a DVD label, printed either in black or colour. If no printing is required we supply printed blank booklets, Inlays and labels for you to write on with a soft pen, at no extra charge. For full details and pricing structure see: Full Claudio Brochure.


Video Production

Un-edited copies can be purchased on DV, VHS/PAL or NTSC cassette, if required.

PAL: Recordings are for use in the UK & EU.

NTSC: Recordings are for use in the USA, Canada, Japan etc


CD Production Mastering

This facility has been introduced to provide a production master, which can be used for full Compact disc mastering & pressing (see our CD Mastering & Pressing ), small promotional runs, or archiving.

For compact disc mastering & pressing you will require a CD Production Master, which includes, individual track EQ, levelling, track assembly, all track ID's, PQ encoding & verification, ISRC codes, catalogue number and barcode.

For small promotional runs (see CDR Production) and archiving you will require a CDR Production Master, which includes, track I.Ds, PQ encoding & verification.

We currently use CDR media which is capable of storing up to 74:41.74 (650MB) or 79:56.73 (700Mb) minutes of music and is prepared on our ProTools computer from a fully edited master tape. If you require editing see Digital Audio Editing.
For full details and pricing structure see: Full Claudio Brochure.


CD Mastering and Pressing

This service is provided to produce compact discs from a CDPM (see CD Production Mastering) which is prepared in house from our ProTools computer system, this is then used by the pressing plant to produce a Glass Master which in turn produces the compact discs.

Each disc is made to exacting standards under laboratory type conditions and can have a maximum of 99 tracks with a total duration of 79:56.73 minutes. (Glass mastering CD maximum duration = 77 minutes)

The minimum factory pressing run is 500 copies.

The CD production includes label printing from the supplied label film in up to three colours.

If booklets and inlays are required please see CD Printing & Design
For full details and pricing structure see: Full Claudio Brochure.


CD Printing and Design

We are able to design and print a range of booklets, labels and inlay cards for CDs. If required, we can provide you with cover pictures, booklet notes and translations.

All graphic design work is carried out "in house" and prices are subject to sight. We can work together with you to develop a design from your roughs and transparencies or alternatively we can provide you with a choice of finished design proofs. (Please note that if sending PC files please use ASCII).

When the design proof is accepted, we will produce (from disc) a "Chromalin" proof of the cover, together with laser proofs of any other artwork, thus enabling you to make a final decision or to effect changes. Once agreed, we will ask you to sign a proof form as confirmation, before we proceed with the printing and finishing process. All changes made after finished design proofs are accepted or the final proof forms have been signed will be charged as per our price list.
For full details and pricing structure see: Full Claudio Brochure.


CD Production Options

Option One is designed for record companies, artists or composers who require a fully edited DAT, PQ encoded CDR of the sessions for subsequent CD production.

Working from your choice of venue, our in house producer and engineer will travel to the location with the recording equipment and set up the session, alternatively, we are happy to work alongside your own producer. From the marked up scores we will provide a "First edit" CDR listening copy and once the final edit is agreed a CDR production master will be supplied. File backup and safety masters will also be archived for your complete confidence.

Option Two is a complete service from recording sessions to finished CD production and represents a considerable saving over our normal rates for CD mastering and production.

Working from your choice of venue, our in house producer and engineer will travel to the location with the recording equipment and set up the session, alternatively, we are happy to work alongside your own producer. From the marked up scores we will provide a First edit CDR listening copy and, once the final edit is agreed, a CDR production master will be produced and a copy sent to the client. Artwork and design is produced by Claudio Design Ltd, who will work closely with the client to insure a fully commercial product is achieved. A proof form will be sent before any production is started, thus guaranteeing complete client satisfaction.

Option Three is a complete service from recording sessions to finished CD production and distribution. Short of our Personal service this option is the most economic way forward for any artist/sponsor wishing to make their CD available through the worlds established outlets and by mail order companies like Amazon and the Claudio site, which also includes biographies and reviews.

Working from your choice of venue, our in house producer and engineer will travel to the location with the recording equipment and set up the session, alternatively, we are happy to work alongside your own producer. From the marked up scores we will provide a "First edit" CDR listening copy and once the final edit is agreed a CDR production master will be produced and a copy sent to the client. Artwork and design is produced by Claudio Design Ltd, who will work closely with the client to insure a fully commercial product is achieved. A proof form will be sent before any production is started thus guaranteeing complete client satisfaction.

Option Four is from a DAT or CDR edited master to finished CD production.

A CDR production master will be produced and a copy sent to the client.

Artwork and design is produced by Claudio Design, who will work closely with the client to insure a fully commercial product is achieved.

A proof form will be sent before any production is started thus guaranteeing complete client satisfaction.

Option Five From a DAT or CDR edited master (other media by quotation) to finished CD production and distribution. For any number artist/sponsor wishing to make their CD available through the worlds established outlets and by mail order companies like Amazon and the Claudio site, which also includes biographies and reviews.

A CDR production master will be produced and a copy sent to the client.

Artwork and design is produced by Claudio Design Ltd, who will work closely with the client to insure a fully commercial product is achieved. A proof form will be sent before any production is started thus guaranteeing complete client satisfaction.

Prestige Service - Essentially, the same as option three. This entirely flexible approach normally achieves optimal results and will enable you to call on our many years of expertise, thereby removing all the anxieties associated with the recording and production process thus, enabling the artists to concentrate solely on the creative process.

Preliminary discussions supported with a wealth of recorded examples from our archive will help establish the best natural acoustics and instruments required to suite both the musicians and the choice of repertoire.

Our specialists list includes Producers, Voice Coaches, Piano tuners, Page-turners, Photographers, Picture library and Artists, Booklet note writers/Translators, Venues and Hotels, etc.

Finally, we can organise a CD Launch/concert in a prestigious UK venue to including invitations to reviewers.

For full details and pricing structure see: Full Claudio Brochure.


Recording Venues

Location Recording allows the use of venues which are known for their acoustic properties and suitability for the music being performed.

Purpose built recording studios with artificial reverberation, mixers and multi-microphones do have their place in the recording of music but when used in conjunction with our newly developed OLAB system, a naturally proven acoustic with good clean reverberation is the only solution to achieving a more natural overall sound.

OLAB with it's new approach to conventional recording techniques is designed to consistently give an un-coloured, focused, full, even and natural balance of purer sound thus allowing more colours, detail and expression.

As the venue is obviously a valuable ingredient in the recording, we will be happy to advise you about the right acoustic for your particular project and will gladly demonstrate a variety of possibilities available from our range of recordings made at different venues. Claudio is dedicated to the art of natural recording.


Instrument Hire

We can arrange to accompany a recording artist to Steinway Hall in London, in order to help advise on a suitable recording instrument given the repertoire and venue chosen. Together with the personal preference of the artist this approach helps to optimise the finished musical and creative recording, at the same time removing any unknown factors that might adversely influence the recording sessions. Steinway will reserve the chosen instrument and make any fine adjustments necessary before delivery in order to meet with all the artist's requirements.

We have a comprehensive collection of the various instruments available recorded in our catalogue together with the instrument serial numbers. Comparisons can be made either at our studio or sample discs can be made available to help you with your choice.


Special Services: Production

In addition the above services, we are also able to provide a wide variety of pre and post production services including the dubbing or a wide variety of formats ranging form 78rpm records (we where responsible for dubbing a large proportion of the Pearl / Pavilion Record collection) 45 rpm, 33.33 rpm (all with vari-pitch and a range of styli from 1928 onwards), Reel to reel, 4.75cm/s -38cm/s, CCIR/NAB/Nagra-Master, quarter-track, 2-track, half-track stereo, Cassette, DAT with or without time code (PCM2000) Pro-Tools/Sound Designer Mastering also with early systems formats using Mac computers.

Special Services: Radio/TV Drama/Voice over/Tuition

We have a studio and control room with all facilities including cue and talkback.
For full details and pricing structure see: Full Claudio Brochure.


Respected suppliers of classical recordings to world renowned Artists and Composers since 1974 and on the recommended list of the UK's major concert/recording venues. Claudio always uses the highest quality equipment and recording methods available.

Sound and Video recording session at St. Bartholemew's Church.
Colin with Steven Wilson at Steinway piano.
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colin session

steinway

steinway

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